Betsy Hodges elected mayor of Minneapolis
After 33 rounds over two days of painstaking tabulation, Council Member Betsy Hodges was declared the winner of the Minneapolis mayoral race Thursday.
Hodges led former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew after polls closed Tuesday night but did not reach the majority needed to be declared a winner. That meant that two teams of election officials began redistributing the second-and third-choice votes of eliminated candidates to those remaining at noon Wednesday.
Hodges’ eight years on the city council have been marked by work on politically sensitive issues that won her enemies and allies, including on pensions, firefighter staffing and neighborhood programs. As head of the city’s budget committee, she has cut an image as one of the council’s most calculating personalities, numbers-oriented and careful with her words.
On the campaign trail, Hodges highlighted her work on pension reform as a prime example of her fiscal stewardship and often noted her work with Mayor R.T. Rybak.